Jewish Democrats Asked to 'Schlep' Home for Obama
"If Barack Obama doesn't become the next President of the United States I'm going to blame the Jews."
So says Jewish -- and infamously potty-mouthed -- comedienne Sarah Silverman in an edgy new video at TheGreatSchlep.com, a Web site designed to encourage young Jewish voters to "schlep it" to Florida -- a state with a substantial Jewish population -- and other battleground states to convince their older Jewish relatives to vote for Obama.
In the video, Silverman suggests that if relatives are concerned about Obama's background, "Explain to them that we're all the same inside." Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Silverman ticks off what she says are some similarities between African Americans and older, Florida Jews: They "can't get enough" of track suits, both enjoy driving Cadillacs and "like things and bling and jewelry and stuff."
"Barack is a Hebrew word. It means lightning," Silverman deadpans. "I'd much rather have a president who's name means lightning than a president named John who's name means toilet."
All joking aside, the Web site is an off-shoot of JewsVote.org, the Web home of the Jewish Council for Education and Research (JCER), a political action committee supporting Obama. GreatSchlep has also established a Facebook.com group that provides instructions on what to do and say when members "schlep" home to campaign for Obama on or around Columbus Day. It is also considering radio and television advertisements, Moore says.
"Our goal is to get as many people as possible to travel down to Florida to do what they can to talk to Jewish voters who remain undecided. We think there is a significant number of them," says Mik Moore, co-executive director of JCER.
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